Thursday, February 19, 2015

A NIGHT AT THE RANCH WITH BFFS

As soon as our last session wrapped at CFA Next, we bolted to our car.  We did manage to get out of Dallas without hitting too much rush hour traffic, which felt like nothing less than a miracle.  We had a place to be - a good place with dear friends - Still Waters Ranch.

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Steph's family has had this property for many years now, and we've gotten to see the evolution of it, which has been so fun.  Around 9 years ago, they built a cabin by the big creek, and we've had the pleasure of staying there on several occasions.  Even so, it had been four years since the last time we went, so it was really fun to be back there.  We arrived at the perfectly golden hour of sunset.

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I love the hills and the trees of where we live, but there is something about big sky that is quite taking.  God certainly shows off there so often.  We did a quick tour of the property with the boys on a four-wheeler and us girls on a golf cart.

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Brian and Steph had a delicious dinner ready for us, and we talked and talked and talked.  Then we woke up and talked some more.  It's amazing that most of us have now known each other for 16 years - how is that possible?  Being with them is always such a rich time, and I'm so thankful for this friendship that we cherish.

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We had to say goodbye right before lunch time, because real life was calling.  Don't worry, Still Waters - we'll be back!

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John and I did make one more fun stop for lunch at In N' Out, since we do not have them anywhere near us.  He even had his fries "Animal Style" for the novelty of it.

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All in all, our Dallas trip was really amazing.  We feel refreshed in many ways, though also a bit exhausted in other ways.  We stayed up until midnight almost every night talking with someone, and the early morning wake up calls to ice storm issues were a bit brutal.  However, having the time together was such a treasure and definitely a needed break.  Our children were in the excellent hands of John's parents who not only survived, but even say they thrived, at having all four kiddos home for three days straight of the time we were gone.  The other wonderful news on this front is that none of our children ended up in the ER - thank the Lord!

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